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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 2, 2010 9:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merle Haggard and Grateful Dead - did Jer dig Bob Wills?

Mele was/is fantastic, but I LOVE Bob Wills . I'm not a drinkin' man, but when I listen to him, I want to be ! Bob Wills always makes me feel good . I am especially fond of his early, more rough, stuff .
I though I recall that the Dead's version of 'Sitting on top of the World' , came from a Bob Wills version, though to me sounds a bit more like Bill Monroe's .
One of the things that makes Merle a champ, is his attention and respect for Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, and Lefty Frizzell .

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Aug 2, 2010 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merle Haggard and Grateful Dead - did Jer dig Bob Wills?

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Bob Wills died in 1975. Another great cowboy music artist we've not mentioned is Hank Williams. Mr. Williams wrote some incredible songs. Timeless. Hank died in 1953.

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys version of Dancin' in The Streets might be the song, Stay All Night, Stay A Little Longer - by Bob Wills & Tommy Duncan. Willie Nelson recorded it in 1973.

chorus:
Stay all night, stay a little longer
Dance all night, dance a little longer
Pull off your coat, throw it in the corner
Don't see why you can't stay a little longer.


some surviving Texas Playboys - 1985 - perform downtown Austin, Texas
Stay All Night - YouTube clip

Bob Wills' and Tommy Duncan's original recording - great photos in slide show
Stay All Night - YouTube clip

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Poster: 219mid Date: Aug 2, 2010 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merle Haggard and Grateful Dead - did Jer dig Bob Wills?

I recall Garcia saying that their version of Sitting on Top of the World was based on a version by Carl Perkins that I've never heard. The coolest Wills recordings are the Tiffany Transcriptions, which were made after WWII in the Bay Area (there's something in the air). Since they were made on large 16" transcription discs, the cuts could be longer than a 78. They also feature the guitar of Junior Barnard, one of the first electric guitarists with the overdriven amp sound that is familiar today. My friend went to California to do an article on the Bakersfield music scene and got to interview Roy Nichols. I will humbly say that I predicted before he left that Roy's main influences were Junior Barnard and Charley Christian, and that's what it turned out to be.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 2, 2010 12:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merle Haggard and Grateful Dead - did Jer dig Bob Wills?

The Tiffany Transcriptions are great . They have and almost live, goofin; feel .
Less brass, more guitar . Lots of fun tho be had there !